How ‘ER’ and ‘Friends’ ‘Pushed Their Form at the Time’ to Dominate Ratings and Become Modern Classics

How ‘ER’ and ‘Friends’ ‘Pushed Their Form at the Time’ to Dominate Ratings and Become Modern Classics
By many accounts, 1994 was a notable year in the world of media. It was, after all, when Nancy Kerrigan was attacked, the terrorists in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing convicted, Oj Simpson arrested in the murder of his wife and her friend and a Major League baseball strike. But after all of these things came the launches of two series that would go on to change the way small-screen storytelling was developed and discussed for decades to come. The cinematic medical drama “ER” premiered with a two-hour pilot on Sept. 19, 1994, and just days later, the multicamera, half-hour comedy “Friends” followed on Sept.
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